The idea for this one came from the time I was working on the movie TENET with the boys in 2019. If you remember, there are a bunch of Chinooks in the last few minutes of that movie. Mine is the one with the number 3208 on the nose, which you probably can’t see, lol. But it is also the only machine with mismatched rotor heads. The front head is painted black and the aft one is painted white, in case you are really interested in finding it. The movie was top secret for a long time and we were not allowed to talk about it. There are still very few behind the scenes and extra footage available for it. We flew every day for 3 weeks and only 3 minutes-ish ended up in the movie.
I learned a lot about formation flying and we had to fly super tight for the camera, way tighter than you would normally fly. You really had to trust the other guys, and it made us a really tight group of friends. I was usually flying “chock 2” and I thought it would be funny if Chuck just attached himself to a random formation happily flying along.
At the time, we also wanted to make the line “Who is this clown?” as a second by-line that goes well with “Chuck, is that you?” and use it every time Chuck gets in trouble with the military. We used it in our short “Out of gas” after Ean improvising a few lines and really liked it.